Today I need to clean the floor of the sun porch because we have yoga out there this afternoon. I also want to decorate the inside of the house. Older daughter carried all the boxes up from the basement for me. She's a good kid -- er adult. At any rate, I went to the gym early so I could work uninterrupted throughout the day.
I got a parking space easily this morning -- always a treat -- and then headed in to begin my workout. The cardio room in our gym has five TV's on the wall and then three rows of bikes, two rows of elliptical machines, and two rows of Stair-Masters behind them all facing the wall with the large-screens. It's a big room, as one can imagine. I climbed onto my machine (#23) (I am so much a creature of habit!) turned on my IPod, earphones in place, and began my workout. That's when I spotted her. I've seen her there before and I can't help staring at her. She's on a bike, pedaling away, reading a book, and at the same time she's dancing!!! -- she does these routines with her hands and arms -- kind of like conducting but a lot more spastic! It mesmerizes me and I can't look away. Luckily, I'm behind her and she can't see me gawking at her. (I wonder if she can feel me looking at her?) I think what tickles me so is the unabashed way in which she just does her thing. It also amazes me that through all of this she can actually see to read.
Then on the machine next to me is this older woman working out beside her even older husband. She, too, wears earphones, but I think she's forgotten she has them on because she screams talking to him. Now remember, I too am wearing headphones and I'm listening to John Phillip Sousa's marches, Cher, and Jimmy Buffet (my tastes are a little eclectic), but I can't hear my music because she's SCREAMING at her husband. "WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS? CAN'T HEAR YOU. WHAD YA SAY?" And then she starts reading to him from Reader's Digest. "DO YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW TO FIX A LEAK IN A SINK? HUH? A SINK, I SAID. NO, A SINK! HOW ABOUT AROUND A DOOR? ARE YA SURE??" It was all I could do not to throttle her and scream, "WILL YOU SHUT THE HELL UP!"
See, Petunia can get nasty, too:).
- I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.